What's Christmas Really About?
This question is one that surprisingly, so many don't know the answer to. It's such a sad, sad thing, to not know about the magical, amazing thing that happened 2,000 some years ago. This miracle, is what changed the world, what provided a hope, and showed us what true love was all about.
This miracle, is a man called Jesus.
And I'm here to remind you today that Christmas is not about Santa Claus, the gifts, the cookies, the snow, the reindeer and elves. Christmas is about a Savior that came down to earth from Heaven to save the entire world.
Many years ago, the world was full of sin and wickedness (still is, but now we have hope), and needed a Savior.
It all started with a woman named Mary, and an Angel called Gabriel. Gabriel appeared unto Mary and told her she was going to have a baby and His named was to be Jesus, for He was going to save the world; He was the Son of God. Mary asked, "How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" Mary was a virgin. The Angel answered with these words, "For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 2:28-38)
Mary's fiancé, Joseph, didn't really know what to think about all of this until an Angel appeared unto him, told him it would be okay, to take Mary as his wife. And he did just that. (Matthew 1:18-25)
While Mary was in the last days of her pregnancy, her and Joseph went to Bethlehem, because Caesar Augustus sent out a degree that all the world should be taxed (registered). While they were in Bethlehem, Mary knew she was going to have Jesus. Mary and Joseph searched for an Inn to have Jesus, but there was no room for them to stay. So, their only choice was a manger. And guess what? That's where she had my Savior, Jesus Christ. She laid Him in a manger and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes. How humble and lowly is that?! Jesus came to earth so humbly and peacefully, it reflects on His life, how humble He always was. It's an example to us that sometimes the greatest gifts don't come in gold shiny paper, for the Greatest Gift was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in an animal's manger. (Luke 2:1-7)
Luke 2:8-20 says this:
"8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."
Shepherds visited baby Jesus, because an Angel told them about Him They knew He was special, they knew He was the prophesied Messiah! Later on, Wise Men came to bring Jesus gifts and worship Him as well. (Matthew 2) Why was this such a big deal? Because this baby was The One to save the entire world!
You can read the rest of the amazing story and life of Jesus in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). But His one purpose, His mission, was to save the people of earth. And He accomplished it. He went through literal hell for us, so that we wouldn't have to if we choose to follow Him. He was nailed to a cross, and beaten for me, so that one day I could be in Heaven with Him. I deserved to be nailed to that wood, because of my sins and my foolishness. But Jesus took my place because He loved me. John 3:16 says so: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
That's a whole lot of love.
I haven't even told you the most glorious thing. The thing that was essential, because otherwise Jesus' words would have been in vain, I would have had no hope.
Three days after Jesus died, He arose from that grave in a new glorified body, and He lives forever. He's now reigning in Heaven with God and He wants you to believe. He wants you on His side, because He loves you, more than anyone else on this earth.
That, my friend, is what Christmas is all about. I hope you choose to believe in Jesus. I hope you choose to chase after Him and His constant love. I hope you strive to love as Jesus did.
I have told you about Him. I have planted the seed. Now it's your choice...Will you believe?
Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
God bless and Keep Smiling,
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Hi there! I'm Katlyn Grace and welcome to the advice section. Here we get real. These blogposts are written from my heart to yours. And I pray that they encourage your heart and bring joy to your soul. I warmly invite you to join me on this journey with the Lord!